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  1. bfree32

    Vista or Breeze

    Family of 5 including adult children aged 18-22. We enjoy Carnival, RCCL, and NCL. We generally like newer ships, but our favorite Carnival ship has been the Breeze. We are looking at Western Caribbean itineraries. Only difference is the Breeze stops in Costa Maya and Vista has an extra sea day (not an issue either way). Airfare to both Orlando and Houston is about the same. Fare is $1500 total more to go on Vista. Since new activities like SkyRide are not going to be a big draw for my kids, I am looking for opinions on whether the added expense is worth going on the newer Vista rather than another week on the Breeze.
  2. NewKansasKruiser

    Vista Questions

    Can anyone tell me if there is any free "flavored" water (like Royal Caribbean has) on the Vista? I know there is water and lemonade free at the drinks spots, but can't remember if there is also a flavored water? I recently gave up pop so I will be relying on the free drinks and lemonade is a little too sweet/sugary to drink a lot of. Also I have read that the Havana Retreat is open to everyone after 7 PM. Can anyone confirm that? We are trying a different area of the ship and have a balcony on deck 2 forward. Anyone stayed near it and have opinions? Rough sailing? I have also read that elevators have more of a wait on the Vista and am wondering if that will be a problem being that low? Matt Mitcham is our CD. Anyone had him? Our favorite of all time is The Flying Scotsman Chris so hoping Matt is as much fun as him! Any other tips or things we should know? Thanks so much!
  3. IPlayWithString

    Shows on the Vista?

    Does anybody know what shows are currently being performed on the Vista? Thanks. Strings
  4. nar20a

    Funtimes on Vista

    Hi Folks, we will be on the Vista for this Christmas cruise and would appreciate if any of you can post a recent copy of the Funtimes to give us an idea of what to expect in the cruise. Happy holidays to you all!
  5. Rockypoint

    Carnival Vista Review

    Here's my review our Carnival Vista Cruise, let me know if you have any questions. This was our 6th cruise on Carnival and our 5th ship. We are from Arizona and we love cruising. Closest ports to us are California and Galveston. We enjoy sailing out of Galveston because of the ships and the various port choices. California is more limited in both areas.I read many negative reviews about the Vista so was a little nervous but the bottom line for us, we love to cruise, have fun, eat and be on the water, the Vista did not disappoint in those areas.Highlights of the Vista and our cruise:1) Food choices were amazing-Our party of 7 ate at the steakhouse the first night, incredible! House wine was free the first night of cruise in the steakhouse. The remaining nights we ate in the MDR. We thought everything was delicious and our waitstaff was awesome and would always provide recommendations and encourage us to try more than one meal. We had YTD. Other than the first elegant night, we never had a wait. The first elegant night we had a party of 11 and we went at prime time so we did have a wait, probably 45 minutes. The wait staff struggled with our group that first elegant night and made a lot of mistakes such as mixing up our orders, forgetting to refill our water, not providing bread and butter, but the meals were still delicious. We didn't complain but they recognized their errors anyway and apologized profusely and made up for it the remainder of the cruise.We tried to eat at the various other locations throughout the cruise but we couldn't get them all in. Everything was great! The only issue we experienced for lines when it came to food was the pizza, there was always a long line and it seemed to move slow. But so many other choices, it didn't really matter.2) Room and the room stewards-we had a cove balcony, this is our favorite type of room and as always did not disappoint. Our stewards did an amazing job, we selected service twice daily and they were like ninja's. We never saw them but our room was always clean. 3) Bar choices-we always love Red Frog Pub, there were so many choices and each bar seemed to have their own special drinks. Some bartenders were more attentive than others but we figured out which one's were better and tipped accordingly. We did have the Cheers package which in our opinion makes the cruise so much better. No worry about the bill at the end, even if you don't drink that much I think it's worth it with the non-alcohol drinks included. If we didn't have that package I would be thinking about the bill every time I ordered a drink and probably hold back on ordering. Unfortunately, when cruising out of Galveston Cheers is not available until the 2nd day, that is always disappointing to us since that first day we seem to drink the most. 4) Deck chairs for laying in the sun-never had trouble finding a place to get sun or even shade. Plenty of places to find a spot, even quiet hidden away spots. My favorite was deck 5, outside of pixels, the bar-b-q place and the sushi place. Always quiet spaces to sit and enjoy the water.5) Embarking and debarking-easy peasy, love the new system since the last time we cruised. Our check in time was between 12:30 and 1:00, walked right on, no waiting at any station. Loved this! Our luggage arrived to our room very quickly. When debarking, we were at the Houston airport by 11am, no issues whatsoever. We had the shuttle provided by Carnival to the airport which was very comfortable and quick. 6) Hurricane Michael- not sure if this is a highlight but it was an adventure and the Carnival staff handled it perfectly by keeping us safe, calm and informed. The first 24 hours were a little crazy with the hurricane but thanks to the Carnival staff we were never afraid for our safety. You couldn't even walk down the hallways without a struggle. At 2am the first night they closed off our cove balcony with the steal door but opened it again the next day as soon as they could. Some low lights of our cruise:1) Main lobby and entrance-We did miss the grand entrance and the lobby where you could always see up through the middle of the ship and the glass elevators. I read a lot of reviews about that and thought I wouldn't care, but I did miss it. It just wasn't the same. My husband never reads reviews and I don't share with him because I like to get his unbiased perspective and that was one of the first things he noticed. Bartenders were also the worst in the main lobby for some reason.2) Elevators in general-we just planned on taking the stairs but if that is hard for you, plan on waiting a long time. Not sure if the staggered system works or not but I'm going to say it's not working based on the length of time we were always waiting. They have "express" elevators that only go to certain floors so you have to pay attention. The elevators are almost always full of people and they stop at every floor. A lot of time an elevator comes and you can't get on because it's too full. We didn't let it get to us, but a lot of people did!3) Condition of ship-The Vista is a beautiful ship by all means, but we were surprised to see how worn the furniture around the ship already was with it being so new. The railings and furniture were very worn in many places. Also the seats in the piano bar and the comedy club were weird and uncomfortable. Hard to explain other than weird. 4) Live entertainment-This just pertains to one show in particular that we attended, we don't attend many of the live shows in the theater but we went to one and it was horrible! So horrible it was funny, we went in a group and one by one we all had to leave. The show was a rock and roll themed show. The pre-show was fun, they were doing chalk tattoos, some comedy and good music playing but the real show was bad!5) Spa-we bought the couples spa pass for the week and were very disappointed in the spa on the Vista. Nothing compared to the spa on the Magic or Breeze. Again, no awe factor and it was always crowded.Some areas that I'm just not sure about:1) The YTD check in process-It's strange to me and I'm not sure it's working but by the end we got used to it. It's weird and a little inconvenient to check in on deck 5 by the coffee shop and then go to the back of the ship from there and depending on where you are sitting in the dining room sometimes you then had to go down one deck. You have to check in again with the ticket they give you for your table. 2) Cruise Director-Chris The Flying Scotsman, I'm not sure if I liked him or not. He was amazing in some aspects but then not so much in others and I was tired of the kilt at every turn. I really enjoy Matt Mitcham and his style of fun. Also, one of the sidekicks of Chris was Houston, the comedy director I think is his title. I did not enjoy him at all and he seemed to be everywhere. He always seemed bored and uninterested.3) Family Harbor and Havana areas-while we didn't experience these actual areas, I felt to add them to the ship meant a lot was taken away and squished together. The lobby grandness, deck five-everything seemed to be squished together to be able to add these areas. The casino was on deck 4 instead of 5 and seemed smaller and extra smoky.All in all, we had a fantastic cruise and we can't wait to do it again. We are planning for 2020 on the Panorama out of Long Beach.
  6. NotTooCritical

    Carnival Vista IMAX

    Greetings. We are looking to book a room on the 8th deck of the Vista midship. Where is the IMAX located? Though 8 is sandwiched between two stateroom floors, we're not sure how far the sound will travel. Thanks for your help!
  7. BallFour4

    Vista Video

    Been aboard the Vista? If you have then you've seen the differences and changes from the traditional Carnival design. By that, some of the same styles from the Fantasy class were carried all the way to those prior. The Vista upset that trend. Here is a brief video I made from images captured yesterday. Enjoy. https://www.dropbox.com/s/yilymwwdbplrses/Vista%20Tour%202018.mov?dl=0 .
  8. Kristaann

    Vista maitrad email

    I’m trying to find the email for the maitrad for the vista. Thanks for any help!
  9. Can anyone advise which nights are formal on the Vista for 2019 for the Western Itinerary out of Galveston - Roatan, Belize, Cozumel?
  10. With less closet space and no usable desk drawers on the Vista, Horizon and Panorama I'm looking at how to best use the open shelves near the fridge on our Havana Interior rooms on the Panorama. Those open shelves near the fridge look so useless for anything other than paperwork or towels. Would shallow baskets slide into those open shelves? Girls need places for makeup, curling irons, hair accessories, sunglasses. Carnival please put the drawers back next to the desk/vanity area! Drawers inside the closet are not practical for these items.
  11. I swear I had saved a post on a certain social network site for this, but I may have imagined it and saw it here instead, but can't seem to find it via the search function (my search-fu may be old and rusty). Not new to cruising, but first time on Vista, in a Havana Cabana. What are any "secrets" or tips I should know about? I vaguely recall something about the 2nd buffet line in the Lido deck and to not forget about JiJi's or something for lunch (?) We'll be on the Jan 26th sailing if that helps any. Thanks!
  12. shadowdiver

    vista jan 19 no ftf?

    why has there been no FTF on vista for Jan19th sailing?
  13. I see on the Galveston CruiseCam that the Vista is delayed in departing. Apparently they had a number of problems today. The lines are just being brought in now, so it should be departing soon.
  14. Txviv

    Mixology on Vista

    Can anyone tell me if they still have mixologist contest and where do I go to Register?
  15. Returned from the Vista on Oct 21st and want to comment on some of the hot and controversial topics I’ve seen on the boards. Please remember that this is my own personal experience and yours may vary. Feel free to ask any questions. Priority Boarding. We arrived at 10:30 and being Platinum went through the priority line. I’d estimate there were about 100 Diamond and Platinum. Upon checking in the agent stated that our cabins would be ready at 1:30. I said “Thank you” and waited. Boarding was quick and we were on board by 11:15. I had a balcony forward on deck 8 and went straight there. The doors were closed with the standard sign that says “your cabins will be ready after 1:30.” I opened said door, walked to my cabin, found it ready with my cards in the mailbox. Note that one of the TV channels is called “Things to Know” and one of the graphics stated: STATEROOM ACCESS TIMES: GENERAL 1:30PM PRIORITY 11:45AM DIAMOND AND PLATINUM/FASTER TO THE FUN I took a picture but don’t know how to upload it. Atrium. I did not like the atrium. I like walking on the Lido deck and being able to look down into the atrium to see if anything interesting is going on. It does make the ship feel more closed in. Décor. I liked the décor. The MDR had a nice restaurant feel to it. And I loved the décor and layout on the Lido deck. The Layout. On the good side, you don’t have to walk through the casino to get anywhere. On the bad side, you’re always walking down what feels like a hallway. I miss the open ocean views. The elevators. OMG. They are slow, and not every elevator goes to every floor. There are fewer elevators for more people. The removal of the glass elevators from the atrium means there are three fewer elvators in that area. One other area, maybe midship, only had 4 four elevators instead of six. Note that only ONE elevator goes to deck 14, so if you have a cabin there you only get one elevator, and it also services ALL of the other decks. Food. The food in the MDR was decent. The food at the buffet was very good I thought. Someone here complained that the food no longer has a theme….chinese dishes being on the buffet with pasta etc. I liked it. There was more variety. Also, I noticed that smaller pan of food were on the buffet, and changed more ofted. One day they had braised oxtails and it was delicious. There is also a self serve beer station on the Lido that is very convenient. Premade Sandwiches. I was very unhappy about this change until I actually went there. The sandwiches are awesome. They are not entirely premade, I’d call it partially assembled. And they are huge and very, very good. Cakes. They had the new cakes. Simply amazing. Beautiful and delicious. Lines. I did not think the lines were longer at any venue. The ship did always feel crowded though. Temperature. I was able to keep my cabin ice cold even on a sunny day, which made me very happy. However, public spaces were often uncomfortably warm. One more thing, re-boarding the ship from the water shuttle in Belize and debarkation morning (priority debarkation) were both so chaotic, mismanaged and riddled with incompetence that had this been my first Carnival cruise I would never have gone back. I certainly hope this was an aberrancy. My wife loved the ship, said it was her favorite. I would sail on it again, but given a choice would choose another.
  16. Hey everyone, we just returned to the real world this past Monday from a week on the Carnival Vista and I would like to share some thoughts and few photos. Shortly after getting married my wife and I began a tradition of taking cruises together immediately following the holidays each year in lieu of purchasing each other Christmas presents. This has worked out great for us as it’s a good time to unwind and recharge from a hard year of work and the inevitable stress that comes with balancing work and multiple family commitments around the holidays. This year we chose to go for the Vista sailing from Galveston, TX for our 8th Carnival cruise. We had originally booked a different cruise, but after returning from Horizon last May we really wanted to get back to a ship with a Havana area. We enjoyed it so much that it’s going to be hard to talk my wife into returning to a ship without this feature. So anyway, here are a few random thoughts and a few photos, I generally don’t pay much attention to menus or fun times so I’m afraid that I don’t have any of those. We flew to Houston the day before the cruise left. Traveling with just the two of us and wanting some freedom to explore, the best way for us to get from HOU to Galveston and then to the pier was to rent a car from Avis at the airport and drop it in Texas City and get an Uber to port. On disembark we reversed this scenario. Our transport costs were: $26 for Avis, $25 plus $5 tip for Uber. Avis was $34 for the return, and the Uber from Port was $27. Embark Our arrival appointment was 11:30am. After a late breakfast and returning the rental car we arrived at almost 11:30 on the nose, completely by accident. I was planning on being later but was pleasantly surprised that we breezed through security and check in and walked right on and made a beeline for Havana. This was the easiest embark we have had on Carnival. After about an hour we dropped our bags and went out to explore. We found this little guy hiding in the Atrium The sky ride and ropes were up and going and after a painless muster drill in the dining room we were underway. Food We only ate in the main dining room twice. The first night and the next day (first elegant night). We used YTD and the Hub app to request a table each of these nights and within five minutes were headed to our table. Unfortunately, that is where the promptness ends with the dining room experience. The food was good, not great, but as with the last few cruises the service was again very slow. We just don’t enjoy the two-hour dinner service, but I know that some do, so we move on. The buffet, for both lunch and dinner was pretty good. I found it much improved over last year’s Victory cruise. We found the selection varied and the split stations were easy to navigate. The star of the show for us was Bonsai Sushi. We ate there about three or four times. If you make it there, I recommend the Wagyu Kakuni appetizer! My wife enjoyed the noodles and rolls too. We also made several trips to Guy’s for the requisite cheeseburger and fries, along with the Deli for hot dogs and Reuben’s. I don’t know why, but on this cruise the Deli line was nearly empty every time we went to eat so we took advantage. I ordered a pizza delivery from the app on one sea day and the young man made it to my chair in the Havana area about ten minutes later. While I really like the Carnival pizza late at night and for free, it leaves a lot to be desired early in the day for a fiver! The Pig and Anchor was good and popular, and the tacos and huevos rancheros at the Blue Iguana were great and worth the wait in line. Crowds and Atmosphere The big knock on the Vista class seems to be that its public areas are too crowded, and lines are long. Well that it subjective of course but I can tell you from my point of view it was very crowded on the lido deck and sports bar (college football championship and four NFL Playoff games) but the atmosphere was good, and everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves. They showed the NFL playoff games and the College Football Championship game on the big screen on lido as well as the sports bar and it was a big hit. I used the gym on the sea day mornings and while it was crowded, I was able to find a treadmill to use and get to the weights without much hassle. I did notice that it seemed to come in shifts, as we the 7am crowd filtered out it got more crowded as the 8 and 9 o’clockers rolled in! The cruise director is something I don’t normally pay attention to, but in this case, Matt Mitcham really did add a fun atmosphere to the cruise. He seemed to be everywhere, was really engaging and got the crowd involved better than some I have seen in the past. We went to one comedy show and enjoyed, and the club was packed each night so I would suggest getting there early. The piano bar had good crowds each night, but both times we went it was standing room only, so we only stayed a few moments. Sorry, I don’t remember the performer’s name. We spent quite a bit of time in the casino and had quite a bit of fun. The dealers, hosts and passengers all added to a great atmosphere. Of course, it was terribly smoky as ever, I really wish they could figure out a way to alleviate that problem. Havana This was my second experience with the Havana area, and I have to say that this is the leading attraction on Carnival ships for me. I was concerned that the addition of extra cabins and the admission of suite guests from outside the area would dilute the experience by causing crowding. On this cruise there was no such problem. The area was well attended but there was no problem getting a chair or lounger. The hot tubs were relatively warm, and they saw a lot of use. We did see numerous people attempt to sneak in to the area from the side gates, but the staff was quick to explain that they needed to wait until after 7pm to visit so it never became much of an issue. We really enjoyed the dancing and music in the Havana Bar several nights. The bar staff were great back there as well. Especially Estefany and Jorge! Sunsets from the Havana hot tubs are pretty good Cabin We stayed in Havana Interior 5230. We absolutely loved the décor and the layout of the room. For two people it has plenty of room and the décor is light and airy enough to not feel cramped. We stay out around the Havana pool area so much that anything other than an interior would be a waste. One word of warning, this room is pretty much directly opposite the band in the Havana bar. And Latin music is best when played loud. And Latin Music played loud can be felt beating in your chest. And in room 5230 it can be felt beating through the wall and into your chest. If you find yourself in this situation, you might as well get up and go out into the bar and grab a Cuban Iced Tea and join in, because you aren’t going to be sleeping! In all seriousness, we will look for a room further down the hall away from the band a bit next time. Excursions In Belize we stuck to the Carnival excursion to Lamanai Mayan Ruins with the River boat trip. We usually don’t take Carnival excursions, preferring smaller groups but with the tendering situation in Belize it seemed easier. When we got to the lounge to get our tender stickers, I became very concerned. It seemed like everybody else on the ship had chosen the same excursion! Once off the ship and onto the bus things were surprisingly well organized and less chaotic. We settled into groups of about 35-40 and went off with each bus being independent from the rest of the crowd. So even though we all went to the same place, we were separate enough to make it manageable. The ruins were cool, the boat ride fun, and lunch was great! The Restaurant/ Boat dock/Gift shop Main Temple In Cozumel we booked independently through Cozumel Bar Hop and did the Bar Hop to the East Side of the Island. We have been to Nachi Cocum and Mr. Sanchos in the past and enjoyed them both, but this tour was our favorite experience on Coz so far. Colleen the guide was quite funny and kept everyone corralled and on schedule. We were joined by at least 5 other boats in Cozumel, our tour was short by 18 cruisers who were supposed to join but were on the ill fated Oasis of the seas that was stricken by Noro. Very unfortunate for them, but we ended up in a nice small group. Magic and Dream were there We headed to the East side where these beach views reside Coconuts pico is not what we get here in middle America, this stuff is hot!. At Rasta They are famous for Coconut Shrimp we were told, so what the heck. This is really good coconut shrimp! Our day in Roatan was the highlight of our trip. We booked a half day sail with City Dogs Sailing, which is an American couple who run sailing and scuba charters for small groups from First Bight. I did a separate review of this one on the Roatan page so I will link it here so you can check it out if you would like: Roatan Excursion Review Here is a teaser Debark Well, it started off well, with a casual breakfast in the Ocean Plaza waiting for them to start calling decks for self-assist. Then the supposedly well-crafted plan was immediately abandoned after deck 1 was called and it became a free for all. We finally realized that we were among the poor tortured souls ignorantly attempting to follow instructions while the smart ones were walking off the ship all around us and the staff smartly stepped aside and let them go. Here is one of the few things I know about crowd control: when the crowd wants to go away, and you want them to go away, the best thing to do is step back and watch them go away! On Horizon last year, the directions for self-assist were this: Come down to the gangplank anytime after we announce that customs has cleared us and walk off the boat, you have 30 minutes to do so, then we start the zones. It was beautiful as we strolled off with tons of others without being herded for pointless hours into nooks and crannies and waiting. I dream of that disembark sometimes, it was that good. This was a great cruise. The chaotic exit was a very small thing in the big picture, and so many stellar performances by staff members far outweigh this small problem. I would also like to say that even though they were shorthanded, and not getting paid, Customs did a great job, went as quick as they could and our officer even had a smile for us as we left. Thanks! We had a wonderful time and made some new memories and new friends. I can't wait to get back out there and make some more! That’s my review, hope it was helpful to someone, if you disagree with anything that I have said here that’s great, let me know, these are just my opinions and if we all had the same ones it would be a very boring world.
  17. Does anyone know if the Fresh Creations salad station in the Serenity area on the Carnival Vista is open on embarkation day?
  18. I am looking for the Western menus from the Vista from Galveston. Trying to choose the nights for steak house and would like to find a good day to go.
  19. What is the age limit in the Serenity area on the Vista? Thank you.
  20. We are currently booked in a vista suite on deck 6. The higher decks were sold out when I booked but now a cabin is available on deck 8. Trying to decide if I should change. The one on deck 8 is below the serenity deck so there might be some noise with moving the chairs in the morning. The thing I like about deck 8 is that it's only one flight of stairs to the lido. With deck 6 to me it seems you are kind of in the middle.....a few flights of stairs down to the dining room and shops and up to the lido deck. Also considering the possibility of soot and privacy.....more chances of soot on deck 8? Would there be more or less privacy on deck 8 since the back of the ship juts out? Would you switch and why or why not? Thanks in advance.
  21. Does anyone have any recent 6 day Fun Times?
  22. We are looking to sail the Vista for the first time in Jan and the cabins we are looking at are: Cloud 9 Spa Suite- deck 11- most expensive and probably wont splurge on that. Cloud 9 Spa Balcony-deck 11 or deck 14 - most likely what we will book since it's not much more than a reg or cove balcony and includes the spa pass Balcony on deck 6 Cove balcony on deck 2 - we do like the cove balconies It will be our first time on the Visa and will also be a Premier Casino cruise for us so we will spend a considerable amount of time in the casino for drawings and of course gambling. We plan to buy a spa pass anyway and I don't remember the cost but I think it would be more expensive to do a cove or reg balcony and add it than to just do a spa balcony. I think the highest deck we have stayed on any ship is 9 so wondering about that and I love the motion of the ship while I sleep so thats not a problem. Thanks for any input!
  23. In looking at recent Funtimes for Vista, I see that the cooking demonstration on the first sea day is listed as taking place in the atrium. As far as I know and have seen, it's in the steakhouse on the other ships. For anyone who has been on the Vista, do they really do this in the atrium, and if so, how?
  24. We will be on the Vista and after reading some of the post, I am confused about the dining rooms. We always take assigned late dining. We like to go to the front dining room. Is it true that the Reflections dining room is only for YTD?
  25. Can I use the Fun Hub app to reserve a table for YTD on the Vista? 😕😕